By Seamus Gallivan
Stacy Clark and I didn’t get off on the best footing – it was a bit touch-and-go at first.
I first saw the Grand Island native now living in the Los Angeles area when she opened for America at Artpark in the summer of 2010 and I reviewed the show for The Buffalo News; while I did write that she had a “mountain of potential,” her half-band combined with electronic beats just wasn’t working, and hometown gal or not, it was my job to call it like I saw it. When I first met her in person at the late Michael Meldrum’s Nietzsche’s songwriter showcase later that year, she was quick to lament that she’d not been allowed to use a drummer, and we had a laugh.
Not only will that not be an issue when Clark performs along with Son of the Sun and the Larkinville Players Wednesday night in Larkin Square (intersection of Seneca & Swan Sts, 5pm, all ages) for Round 3 of the 13-week Live at Larkin free concert series presented by First Niagara, but for her handful of Western New York appearances this summer, she has assembled her own ace local band, all of whom have made multiple appearances in The Good Hood – guitarist Vic Lazar, bassist Nick Gonzales (Rhubarb, Chilharmonic Orchestra, Gonzai) on bass, and drummer Bill Wachowiak (Lazlo Hollyfeld, Kickstart Rumble, Leon & the Forklifts).
There won’t be any touch-and-go with these cats in the mix; they’re pros, and it’ll be fun to see how they frame her prose – she’s described their sound in a way that suggests they’re breaking new ground for her.
Dig this tune that is just one of the dozens she’s landed on TV and in advertising and film, in this case on the CBS “Early Show” and the Canadian National Sprint Bell Palm Pre commercial – ever-emerging outlets for artists seeking to “break out” in a touch-and-go industry – and join us Wednesday night to see it live in Larkinville!